Marvin Odongo takes over the coaching reins at Pirates

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He replaces Robert Musinguzi who has been elevated to the role of Director of Rugby at the club

Former national 15s rugby team player Marvin Odongo faces the uphill battle of fitting into the shoes of former Pirates tactician Robert Musinguzi.

Odongo has been handed the head coach job to replace at the Bweyogerere based side Stanbic Pirates.

Musinguzi has been elevated to the role of Director of Rugby at the club where he will be in charge of talent identification and nurturing.

Former flanker Odongo has already indicated that wants to lift this year’s Nile Stout Special Premier Rugby League title.

The league gets underway on Saturday and Musinguzi has promised exciting rugby this season starting with Saturday’s opener against Jinja Hippos.

“We believe we are ready for our opponents and this time we are not going to be just a competitive team, but we are going to exhibit exciting rugby,” Musinguzi told New Vision Sport after training on Tuesday.

Musinguzi said Pirates have beefed up their roster by signing former Hippos tight head prop Peter Bisaso.

Despite having a strong backline, Pirates have been bullied in the pack and Bisaso will be a handy asset to the team.

Pirates who last won the title in 2018 are out to better last year’s performance by winning the title after finishing third behind champions Kobs and Heathens.

With experienced players including Didi Ruhweza, Ivan Magomu, Timothy Kisiga, Isaac Massanganzira, Pirates should have the edge over Hippos.

In the other games, Heathens host Toyota Buffaloes at Kyadondo while Rams host Plascon Mongers at the Grave Yard Ground in Makerere.

At Legends, fans will be treated to a doubleheader as Kobs host Makerere Impis and Warriors face Rhinos.


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